09:36 Friday 15 November 2013

A taste of tradition to be served at pop-up shop

Written bySARAH BOULD

CAKE lovers will be able to enjoy a taste of tradition with a new pop-up vintage tea-room housed in a refurbished caravan.

Sonja Sharkey, 34, from Woodville, runs Bluebelle Bakery, a small home-based cake business.

She has recently expanded the business by purchasing the vintage caravan which she has renovated to become a pop-up vintage tea room, with the aim of taking it to events around the country.

Sonja, a mother of three, who regularly attends craft fairs her cake stalls. told the Mail: “I love vintage things and saw a pop up shop at a fair and thought ‘what about doing a pop-up tea room?. I would love a vintage tea shop but this idea was more affordable and I decided I could do it up as a tea room for festivals and fairs.

“I imagine it would be quite popular at vintage weddings to serve tea and cakes in the afternoon, as well as vintage fairs and fetes.”

Sonja, who works two days a week in an opticians, has always loved baking but when her recipes providing so popular she decided to take it further.

She said: “I started to make cakes for friends and family last Christmas and went from there. I registered as a business four months ago. It came about by accident but I have built it up and now have a good client base.”

The caravan even has its own persona and has been named Bluebelle, serving a variety of hot drinks, cakes and savouries, all of which are home made.

Hot drinks will all be served in vintage china tea cups.

There will be cream teas, and a range of cakes such as butter cream and Ferrero Rocher cake .

She bought the caravan off eBay and collected it from Wales. It is around 40 years old.

The launch of ‘Bluebelle’ pop up vintage tea room takes place on Saturday November 23 at Coalville food and drink festival.

Sonja added: “I’m really excited. I just hope she takes off.

“I hope everyone thinks she’s as pretty as I do.”

Call 07584 255468 for bookings.

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